We can’t know when or how accidents will happen. Fortunately, for most people, accidents never will happen. Still, if a similar situation occurs, we want you to know the essential aspects you can do with these stages of a personal injury case.
First, it’s important to say that Personal Injury Lawyers work with a contingency fee model. According to Cornell Law School, a contingency fee is a form of payment to a lawyer for his legal services. In contrast to a fixed hourly fee, in a contingent fee arrangement, lawyers receive a percentage of the monetary amount their client receives when they win or settle their case. In a contingency fee agreement, the lawyer only receives compensation if the lawyer has successfully represented the client.
That means if you hire a Personal Injury Attorney, you won’t pay for the initial consultation or the attorney’s representation.
With that said, let’s talk about the stages of a personal injury case.
- Consult and Hire an Attorney
- Your Attorney Investigates the Accident
- Your Legal Team prepares a demand based on your injuries and submits it to the insurance.
- Your Legal Team Negotiates with the Insurance Company for a fair settlement.
- When Necessary, Your Attorney Takes Your Claim to Court to get that fair settlement.
Consult and Hire an Attorney
This should be your first step. You don’t want the insurance adjuster and other people will take advantage of you. Therefore, a Personal Injury Attorney can save you from an unfair settlement.
With the Cesar Ornelas Law, you can get a free no-obligation case evaluation in which you will know how to handle your case.
Your Attorney Investigates the Accident
If you are injured, your sole responsibility is to rehabilitate and get as close back to normal as possible. If you have lost a loved one, then your sole responsibility is to grieve the passing of someone dear to you.
Your attorney knows those times may be difficult for you, so he will ensure this process is as easy and smooth as possible.
For that reason, your attorney will:
- Collect statements from witnesses
- Check security or traffic footage
- Consult expert witnesses
Your Legal Team prepares a demand based on your injuries and submits it to the insurance.
Once your attorney has investigated all your important accident information, he will work with you to file a demand for compensation with the responsible insurance companies.
Here it’s important to clarify that a Personal Injury Attorney will issue a claim for compensation with the insurance companies, not persons.
Your Legal Team Negotiates with the Insurance Company for a fair settlement.
After your claim, insurance companies often reply immediately with a settlement offer. Sometimes, insurance companies may even issue a fast settlement offer before you have a chance to discuss your claim with an attorney.
Take a careful look at this settlement offer and review it with your attorney.
Sometimes, you may go back and forth with the insurance company as you attempt to reach an agreement. In many cases, your attorney will handle these negotiations. Often, you can get an agreement with the insurance company that will meet most of your financial needs following the accident.
When Necessary, Your Attorney Takes Your Claim to Court to get that fair settlement.
Many insurance companies will avoid court, especially over minor accidents, since court costs can substantially increase your and the insurance company’s expenses.
However, if you cannot agree with the insurance company, you will need to create a court case, and our legal team can represent you.
How To Find Us
Our office is conveniently located off Huebner Road and only about 20 minutes away from the Bexar County Courthouse. If you are visiting from San Antonio International Airport, the drive should take you about 25 min during normal traffic conditions. If you come from the Downtown San Antonio, the best route is to take the I-10 until exit 561 and turn right on Huebner Road. You will find our building on the left after 0.4 miles